Type of item: Functional
Style: Eco-Friendly, Cute, Traditional, Casual
cotton fabric strips (approx. 3/4" wide)
What was your inspiration?
I saw a display in a quilting store with rag rugs, rag purses, and other items made in the rag rug tradition. They sold bags of fabric strips and the super-sized crochet hook needed for the craft, so I bought a bag and the hook, and went home to experiment. I figured if I liked it, I could use my own fabric scraps (you know, those few inches left from 42"-wide fabric from a quilt project that are too small to do anything with?) to make things.
What are you most proud of?
After a bit of trial and error, I figured out how to do the increases for each round so it would lie flat. Once I got going, I had a lot of fun and made several trivets as well.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
You don't have to, but I like to sort of fold the strips as I crochet (right sides out) to keep the most colorful part of the fabric showing. If you want more variety and some muted shades, you can just let the fabric fold on itself as it wants to, or you can fold it wrong side out. When I say fold, I don't mean meticulously...just a few inches at a time as you use up the strip, and the edges don't have to be perfectly even.